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  • Stalin: Breaker of Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert Conquest
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    In this book, the first to draw from recently released archives, Robert Conquest gives us Stalin as a child and student; as a revolutionary and communist theoretician; as a political animal skilled in amassing power and absolutely ruthless in maintaining it. He presents the landmarks of Stalin's rule: the clash with Lenin; collectivization; the Great Terror; the Nazi-Soviet pact and the Nazi-Soviet war; the anti-Semitic campaign that preceded his death; and the legacy he left behind.

    John says: "Great 1991 Study on Stalin fka Dzhugashvili"
    "Poor recording quality"
    Overall

    I am only a few hours into this book and am enjoying the the words but this is technically the worst Audible recording I have listened to.
    After an hour, you are instructed to "Go to Disc 2...".
    I am constantly changing the volume of my car radio or my iPhone as I listen. In some ways, it is like watching a commercial on TNT where you get blown out by the advertisers, and then have to increase the volume to hear what Brenda is saying to Provenza.
    I will finish this interesting book, but it is distracting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (387)

    What do Starbucks and JetBlue and KrispyKreme and Apple and DutchBoy and Kensington and Zespri and Hard Candy have that you don't? How do they continue to confound critics and achieve spectacular growth, leaving behind former tried-and true brands to gasp their last? Face it, the checklist of tired P's marketers have used for decades to get their product noticed - Pricing, Promotion, Publicity, to name a few - aren't working anymore.

    Sunny says: "Excellent"
    "A quick review for a quick book..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Purple Cow better?

    The value of the The Purple Cow is entirely in its premise: you need an outstanding product or service or not only will you not sell anything, but you will be ignored.

    Another reviewer succinctly warned that the book was all repetition and not to bother with a purchase. Well, I like to think for myself and often take reviews lightly as sometimes reviewers have agendas that aren't apparent. My loss.

    Seth probably wrote the whole concept with all branches in a page of single spaced 10 pitch font. His discussion, I think, is intended to make him look like he is a Purple Cow. I had the audio speed at 1.25 but should have bumped it up higher. I would have lost nothing.

    Sorry Seth, but shallow sells as well as boring. Your next book will be hard to pick out in the vast Audible library.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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